Our executive team is a collective of mortgage industry experts. They are heavily involved in the day-to-day operations of the company and provide their direct knowledge to help each loan close quickly and efficiently. Our executive team works together with every department, cultivating a close-knit team of dedicated department managers and employees. With experience from various backgrounds including finance, tech, compliance, and system automation—our executive management team has created a new way of doing things, completely disrupting and revamping the mortgage industry.
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Matthew VanFossen is the Chief Executive Officer and part-owner of Absolute Home Mortgage Corporation. He joined Absolute in 2011, bringing years of leadership, technology expertise, and executive management experience to the company. With over a decade in residential mortgage lending and overseeing over 5 billion in retail originations, Matthew knows what truly drives a successful mortgage operation. Known as a disruptive thinker, Matthew has worked to drive the vision and strategy of Absolute to the next generation of mortgage lending. He manages with a hands-on approach and enjoys working closely with his awesome team of dedicated mortgage professionals.
Matthew has landed national Coverage with real estate boards as a Realtor business coach Including, PCBOR, ECBOR, RAPB, GTAR. Over the past 5 years he has successfully trained over 1,000 Realtors on advanced social media marketing. In addition to his extensive Mortgage experience, Matthew is a renowned public speaker. In 2015 & 2016 Matthew was recognized as one of 40 Under 40: The 40 Most Influential Mortgage Professionals Under 40 NMP Magazine.
George Herghelegiu has been a part of the Absolute team since March 2011, serving as the President/Controller since 2017. George also manages the accounts receivable department and the payment of all bills for the company. George’s initial foray into the mortgage industry came with First Prudential Mortgage for whom he served as Sales Manager from 2003 to 2007. Then prior to joining the Absolute team, George served as the President of United Capital Lenders from 2007 until 2011. George brings nearly 25 years of experience working in various managerial roles, mainly within the mortgage industry to the Absolute leadership team. Under George’s direction as President, the company has experienced steady growth over the last 3 years.
Richard has served as the EVP of the Secondary Market since February 2009 and, as one of the owners of Absolute Home Mortgage, brings over 29 years of mortgage industry experience to the company leadership team. Rich began his career in the business in 1984 at Westcap Government Securities in Morris Plains, NJ, where he served as the VP of the company. Prior to joining the Absolute team, Rich served as a Vice President and Branch Department Supervisor at Icon Residential Capital/US Capital Markets in Pine Brook, NJ, from 1999 to 2009. With nearly all of his background coming in the secondary marketplace, Rich has an outstanding rapport with all of the investors that Absolute works closely with on a day-to-day basis, an invaluable tool for the company. Having worked with some of these investors hands on for nearly his entire career in the industry, Rich carries a strong reputation with him wherever he goes. On a daily level, Rich is responsible for all locks that are submitted to the lock desk through the retail and wholesale platforms, ensuring the diligent shipment of all notes to secondary investors, and monitoring the closing/funding department in Fairfield corporate office.
Rich currently resides in Livingston, NJ, with his wife Domenica and dog LT. He is also the father of two children, Rich Jr. and Angela, and grandfather to Cameron and Jack. Rich spends his summer weekends at his shore home on Long Beach Island, and on a typical Sunday, you can find him in the Metlife Stadium parking lot behind the grill at his infamous New York Giants "Lot J7" tailgate parties.
Joe Rodriguez is a 15-year mortgage industry veteran. From a Loan Originator to a Systems Engineer, then to his current role as Chief Operating Officer at Absolute Home Mortgage Corporation, he has a unique mortgage industry perspective. Joe has experience as a professional services consultant from Ellie Mae and a degree in information technology; he is continually working to find solutions and efficiencies to help his company and industry grow. Joe is the father of two little girls and Thor, his 3-year-old Husky. Outside of the office, Joe spends his free time enjoying the outdoors with his family.
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